The Old Fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, then adding alcohol, originally whiskey but now sometimes brandy and finally a twist of citrus rind. It is traditionally served in a short, round, tumbler-like glass, which is called an Old Fashioned glass, after the drink.
The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for a Bourbon cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club founded in 1881 in Louisville Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honour of Colonel James E Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf- Astoria bar in New York City.
George Kappeler provides several of the earliest published recipes for Old Fashioned cocktails in his 1895 book. Recipes are given for Whiskey, Brandy, Holland gin, and Old Tom gin. The Whiskey Old Fashioned recipe specifies the following (with a jigger being 2 US fluid ounces (59 ml)):
Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass;add two dashes Angostura bitters,a small piece of ice, a piece of lemon-peel,one jigger whiskey. Mix with small bar-spoon and serve, leaving spoon in glass.Our expert barmen will be more than happy to adjust the recipe to meet your tastes.